An American football group in Chorley have been awarded a £1,000 grant from Lancashire County Council.

The Chorley Buccaneers will be using the grant from The Champion for Young People Funding to buy new kit for the youth full contact team.

It comes as they start training again for the 2013 season.

Buccaneers general manager Ian Nicolson said: “This is a great start to our new year and is definitely going to help out the kitted team and the club a lot.

“After having several knock backs last year, for funding, to finally be awarded really is a fantastic feeling.”

Buccaneers’ media officer Nathan Sharrocks said: “For a local council to reward us this amount of money to buy new kit is a testament to everybody’s hard work at the club. The grant will go far in kitting our new players and set us in great stead for the season ahead.”

County Councillor Mark Perks said: “The grant will help young people to take part in team sports, with all their associated benefits of physical fitness, teamwork and friendship.

“I am particularly glad to support Chorley Buccaneers. Whilst the club operates in Chorley it does draws young people from across the county in a sport that is growing in popularity.

“Its members are fully involved in choosing and organising the programme of activities which gives them a sense of responsibility and achievement.”

The Chorley Buccaneers offer American Football for 7-17 year olds with kitted and flag disciplines. Email for more information.